Date: 30th September 2018 at 11:23am
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According to our manager, the world is our oyster. Mauricio Pochettino told PA Sport:

“We are the third or the second team in the Premier League with most possession, but today was a different game. It was a game where the ball was more in the air than on the grass. I think if you were here you realised it was a massive fight between both teams. We’ll see what happens on Wednesday. I’m sure it will be a completely different game than it was today.”

A completely different game barely begins to describe the gulf that exists between Barcelona who currently top the La Liga table, and a Tottenham side that frequently looks like it’s been pulled through a hedge backwards.

Possession stats are the bane of my life.

Spurs had the bulk of possession against Watford twice, Inter and Liverpool – in which we failed to win any of those games within 90 minutes.

Against Manchester United we had 36.75% of the ball and won 0-3.

It’s not how much of the ball you see, it is what you do with it when you have it that counts. 

Perhaps we’ll stuff Barca handsomely with key players missing.

That would be great.

In which case, the bookies appear to be offering free money on that game.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Jimj September 30, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Harry Hotspur
    Aris, I really am not interested in your mumbo jumbo.
    Just mindless, utterly forgettable hokum.
    Enjoy searching for somewhere else online to haunt.

    Usual reply from the closed minded author of this site, he said he wanted online debate then when he got it he just took his ball home to mummy. Pathetic yet again.

    • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      You unintentionally miss the point.

      I’m not closed-minded and therefore will refuse entertain any of this pseudo religious zeal for ‘all things Tottenham’.

      Get a grip.

  • JimmyGrievance September 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Our man Poch has an obsession with possession …… Nothing wrong dominating possession if you do something go with it. Rarely though, do we. Ironically some of best results where we don’t dominate it. Another lesson not learned ……

    • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      It’s hardly a complicated business!

  • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    aristotle

    Poch is right. Huddersfield away, when they can’t score goals and are fighting for their lives is not the same thing as Barcelona, at Wembley, under the lights, in a European game. The fact that Spurs keep winning, without several key players, in the games where a scrap is necessary, is testament to the job that Pochettino and his coaching staff have done at our football club since the day they walked through the door.

    Wednesday night is what being consistent in the league, to gain a Champions League place, is all about. God bless Poch for getting us there and making nights like Wednesday possible. I am going to try and enjoy it regardless. Spurs are very unlikely to win the Champions League but, last season, a superior Real Madrid side were dispatched in some style. I would back this side to compete with any team in a one off game. Spurs should not fear Barcelona and maybe some of our lukewarm ‘supporters’ could learn a thing or two from the magnificent supporters of Huddersfield Town who inspired their team to fight for everything for 90 minutes yesterday even when they were 2-0 behind.

    Spurs have been far from their best in most of the fixtures so far this season but in the 3 games they have lost; they have only lost by the odd goal. Keep the faith and get behind this team and this manager. If Spurs ride out this period but qualify for the KO stage of the CL and stay in contention for a top four finish and a sniff of a title challenge we should be very pleased with our lot.

    “Keep the faith and get behind this team and this manager.”

    Opposed to have a rational online discussion.

    No thanks.

    • aristotle September 30, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      The thing is you have to keep things in perspective. If you don’t you lose sight of why it is we all love Tottenahm Hotspur Football Club.

      Since the start of this season Spurs have not been at their best. This is of course true. However; Hugo Llloris, Danny Rose, Kieren Trippier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane were at the World Cup until the very end and, as such, in most cases have played almost continuously for over 12 months. Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld are the exception. They look fitter and less fatigued than the other players mentioned. Rose looks rusty but is still combative. Unsurprisingly both of these players missed long spells of last season.

      Davinson Sanchez, Heung Min Son and Christian Eriksen also played for a good stretch of the summer. Son also had his stint with South Korea in the Asia Games malarkey. It is fair to say that it is the players who palyed a lot of games for Spurs last season and took part in the world cup who are not hitting the heights, that they have in the last 3 seasons; so far this season.

      Indeed it is the contribution of squad players such as Moura, Lamela and Aurier that have just about got Spurs over the line in several games this season. Victor Wanyama has also been struggling with injuries.

      Where am I going with this? Well; the way I see it is that Spurs main problem this season has been the fitness levels, sharpness and current form of the nucleus of players that have been the spine of THFC for 4 seasons. Despite the changing line ups, failure to see certain games through to the 90th minute, due to the aforementioned problems, and general dismay of the supporters regarding the delay to the opening of the new stadium and lack of incoming transfers during the summer, Spurs sit 4th in the league, 4 points off the pace and are still in with a reasonable chance of qualifying for the knock out stage of the CL.

      I suspect that the team may perform better and respond in a positive way with the supporters encouragement than if they are relentlessly ridiculed, singled out and slated for mistakes, lack of form and general malaise.

      Eric Dier has been making some mistakes but it is fair to say that all of the players who played in the latter stages of the World Cup have been below par so far this season. Eric Dier is being singled out because of all our ‘big hitters’ he is the easiest target to criticise publicly without fear of his previous decent efforts for the team being put forward in his defence. I remember when Spurs were truly shit under AVB. Dier was one of the only players who showed a desire to roll his sleeves up and battle for the team. Forget Lloris, Vertonghen and Eriksen. During this period Dier was my favourite player. I wont forget that.

      Sometimes the players need our help and support. Now is that time. Or are we as plastic as the Salford armchair brigade?

      • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm

        Aris, I really am not interested in your mumbo jumbo.

        Just mindless, utterly forgettable hokum.

        Enjoy searching for somewhere else online to haunt.

  • aristotle September 30, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Poch is right. Huddersfield away, when they can’t score goals and are fighting for their lives is not the same thing as Barcelona, at Wembley, under the lights, in a European game. The fact that Spurs keep winning, without several key players, in the games where a scrap is necessary, is testament to the job that Pochettino and his coaching staff have done at our football club since the day they walked through the door.

    Wednesday night is what being consistent in the league, to gain a Champions League place, is all about. God bless Poch for getting us there and making nights like Wednesday possible. I am going to try and enjoy it regardless. Spurs are very unlikely to win the Champions League but, last season, a superior Real Madrid side were dispatched in some style. I would back this side to compete with any team in a one off game. Spurs should not fear Barcelona and maybe some of our lukewarm ‘supporters’ could learn a thing or two from the magnificent supporters of Huddersfield Town who inspired their team to fight for everything for 90 minutes yesterday even when they were 2-0 behind.

    Spurs have been far from their best in most of the fixtures so far this season but in the 3 games they have lost; they have only lost by the odd goal. Keep the faith and get behind this team and this manager. If Spurs ride out this period but qualify for the KO stage of the CL and stay in contention for a top four finish and a sniff of a title challenge we should be very pleased with our lot.

  • MrChickenHead September 30, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I’m not sure pretending it’s all OK is a good thing.

    • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Ostritchtino

      • MrChickenHead September 30, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        HaHa, yes that would about cover it. Did he take the money and hope Dan would hold up his end. Now he’s been let down & trying to cover his back, floundering away, Players dropping like flies as usual, bit early though. World cup, no preseason.
        Look at HK had a week off and he’s scoring again, should of been off early. Why no Coca for 20mins though, don’t get that at all.

        • Harry Hotspur September 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

          Coco thing is peculiar.

        • aristotle September 30, 2018 at 1:09 pm

          ‘Coco’ is not yet a 90 minute man. The games against Inter and Watford in the cup confirm this. His goal scoring contribution from the bench, and the quality of Lamela’s finishing are to be applauded but Lamela has to earn the right to start important games. He isn’t at this level yet.

          • Aussie in Switzerland September 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

            And Dier is?

            • aristotle September 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

              Dier will be fine. He just needs a cup of coco and some early nights….